June 13, 2014

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How To Get A Job That Pays You More Than Money

There are almost 10 million people that are unemployed in the United States right now. Some are in a position to start their own business. Most others are going to need to find a job. But how? How do they stick out in a crowded field of applicants that is often hundreds deep? Where should they apply for […]

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June 8, 2014

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10 Things to Remember When Starting a Business

“My father could have been a great comedian, but he didn’t believe that that was possible for him, and so he made a conservative choice. Instead, he got a safe job as an accountant. When I was 12 years old, he was let go from that safe job, and our family had to do whatever […]

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May 30, 2014

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Why We Have Five Kids

This morning we are welcoming a baby girl into our family. Her name is Esther. We are very excited, and our children can’t wait to meet their baby sister. My daughter Hannah is so excited that she will likely burst into tears when she gets to hold “her baby” later today. Over the years, I’ve […]

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May 25, 2014

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The Business of Cardboard Boxes

The idea is simple. Pick up boxes and sell them. Almost 36 million people moved in the United States in both 2012 and 2013. It takes an average of 70-80 boxes to pack a 1,500 sq ft home. Cardboard boxes usually range in price from $1-2 each on the lower end, to $4-5 each on […]

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May 14, 2014

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Why We Home School Our Kids

If you bumped into me on the street, you probably wouldn’t assume I had any kids. Not only do I have kids, I now have five kids, and we are home schooling each and every one of them. I wasn’t home schooled myself, and I came from a family where my father was a dentist […]

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May 1, 2014

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10 Ways to Make Money on Craigslist This Summer

Everybody likes to have a little extra money when summertime comes around. It’s coming up with creative ideas for making extra cash that can be hard part. So I spent a while today thinking back about all my favorite methods of making money in the summer. I came up with ten. They are in no […]

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April 23, 2014

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Why You Should Teach

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” ― William Arthur Ward There are people all over the world that want to learn what you already know. They need people like you to step up and teach them. Teach them what you are passionate about and why. […]

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April 15, 2014

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The Audacity of Reasonable Expectations

The oven looked like an aquarium. The picture in the ad showed the oven in the kitchen, but at some point it had been moved outside so that it could get some rain. When I arrived, it was outside under a tarp from the late 70’s. It was more fishnet than tarp. When we pulled […]

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April 8, 2014

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The Benefits of Keeping Your Business Small

I was wrong. I thought the best path to free up my time to work on other projects was to grow my appliance business as big as I could. So I took on a partner and also hired my brother full time to help. The three of us sold a lot of appliances in past […]

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April 6, 2014

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Item Won’t Sell on Craigslist? Change the Title

I just sat on six large filing cabinets for over three weeks. Nobody called, nobody emailed. I dropped the price, still nothing. I couldn’t figure out why in the world no one would want these nice metal filing cabinets. That’s when it hit me late one night that it’s 2014. People aren’t searching for filing […]

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